A relative unknown just ten years ago, science fiction star Zoe Saldana has her hands full these days. She’s set to begin filming three back-to-back sequels for James Cameron’s Avatar this fall, while another Star Trek film is in the works for possibly 2016 and her next film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, will release later this year.
However, first she’ll make her way to the small screen this summer starring in a television adaptation of Ira Levin’s 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby for NBC. The book was famously made into an Oscar-nominated film by Roman Polanski and follows a young married couple who moves into a creepy old apartment building in New York City, only to then discover their unborn child is fathered by the devil himself.
The first trailer for the 4-hour miniseries takes the story in a slightly different direction than fans will expect with the happy couple instead moving to Paris, France.
From there, it looks like the adaptation will deviate even further by placing Rosemary’s husband, Guy Woodhouse (Suits star Patrick J. Adams), front and center, having him make a deal with the devil, literally, through their neighbor Roman Castevet, as played by the deliciously good-at-being-evil Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter).
The original film focused a lot of time on Rosemary’s increasing suspicions of everyone around her as she spiraled downward into paranoia, before finally learning she was right all along and Guy was working with the building’s satanic tenants. By skipping past this plot device and outright showing what many viewers may have soon guessed, the miniseries offers up a new take on an old story while making great use of its leading man.
Written by James Wong of The X-Files, Final Destination and American Horror Story fame along with Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned), you can also probably count on this adaptation to not shy away from the darker elements of the novel. Whereas the original film implied much of its horror, this first trailer features some disturbing imagery and a crazy performance by Saldana in classic Mia Farrow hair.
Does the first trailer for Rosemary’s Baby pull you in? Are you open to watching a new adaptation, especially with Zoe Saldana in the lead?
Rosemary’s Baby airs May 11th and 15th, 2014 @9pm on NBC.